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Things to do in the Dallas Arts District in February

February is the month to celebrate love of all kinds and there is no better place to be than the Dallas Arts District this month! Between Galentine’s at the Dallas Museum of Art, Romeo and Juliet at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Mardi Gras at the Artisan – there is something for everyone in the Arts District in February.

Ongoing Activities and Exhibits in the Dallas Arts District

  1. Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline depicts the convergence of modern urbanization and nature. See these bold and meaningful paintings at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 2nd.
  2. Sightings: Anne Le Troter is an auditory installation made from hundreds of audio samples from a cryobank, specializing in fertility treatments, with women who hope to become pregnant speaking about family life and visions for the future, while men who have donated discuss their genetic qualities. Experience this unique installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center through February 2nd.
  3. Fabio Luisi Conducts Salome at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center through February 2nd. This dramatic and heart-wrenching opera-in-concert by Strauss is haunting.
  4. The Great War, WWI, brought the atrocities of war to the American people. A group of artists called The Expressionists used art to boldly reflect this time period. See Violence and Defiance at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 8th.
  5. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Focus On: Alex Katz through March 22nd. This collection of work was selected to represent the great impact and versatility of Katz’s art.
  6. Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson includes a video installation as well as a collection of 415 postcards. See the emotional work of this Icelandic artist through March 22nd at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  7. Our senses connect us to the world and these interactive exhibits show us that words and speech aren’t the only ways to communicate. See Speechless: Different by Design at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 22nd.
  8. Don’t miss this amazing new vision of historical sculpture at Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculptures at the Nasher through April 19th.
  9. Drawing from its impressive collection, the Crow Museum of Asian Art presents The Art of Lacquer, through May 3rd.
  10. The Concourse Hall at the Dallas Museum of Art has been transformed by a 153-foot mural covering the walls and ceiling in various shades of blue. This giant exhibit is Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime, on display through July 5th.
  11. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Wearable Raffia from Africa including garments, accessories and textiles made from palm leaves. This interesting collection will be displayed until July 12th.
  12. The Crow Museum of Asian Art presents Future Retrospective: Master Shen-Long through August 23rd. A master of Chinese painting, poetry, calligraphy and seal carving, Master Shen-Long has created new fascinating and imaginative ways to use ink.
  13. The helmets of the Senufo were created to depict strength against evil. CT scans of these articles reveal the unexpected materials used to create these powerful masks. See Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask through March 21st, 2021 at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  14. The largest public presentation of Islamic Art can be seen at the Dallas Museum of Art with The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery through December 31st, 2022.

New Activities and Exhibits in the Dallas Arts District

  1. A variety of food trucks arrive in Klyde Warren Park every day in February.
  2. Children will love to create with larger than life soft blocks at Imagination Playground on the Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park, every day.
  3. On February 1st through January 3rd, 2021, visit the Dallas Museum of Art to see My-gration, a beautiful compilation of crafted items paying tribute to the artists who immigrated to the U.S. This installation was inspired by the diversity in Dallas.
  4. Get your tickets now for KXT 91.7 and Dallas Symphony present Sarah Jaffe at the Meyerson on February 3rd. Sarah Jaffe’s performance, A Constellation of Sorts, includes special guests and her full band along with several Dallas Symphony musicians. It’s one day only!
  5. Learn by observing the skyline with Skyline 360 Tours of Dallas with AD EX, in Klyde Warren Park, every Monday and Saturday.
  6. Bring all your science buffs to see Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science on February 3rd and 4th at the Wyly Theatre. Known for his zany presentation of scientific knowledge, Doktor Kaboom entertains while demonstrating the wonders of science.
  7. Your children will have fun every Tuesday in February with Music and Stories with KidsWorks. Enjoy fun stories, music and movement at the Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room in Klyde Warren Park.
  8. Use those muscles at Zumba with Gaby, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at Klyde Warren Park’s Muse Family Performance Pavilion.
  9. An Evening with Jessica Simpson is your chance to see the real woman as she defies the pretense and rumors and explains the realities of her life. Popular singer, fashion industry mogul, mom of three and now author, Jessica Simpson presents her life in Open Book. Based on the journals she has kept since her teen years, she explains the truth of her life in a funny, factual and engrossing manner. For only one night on February 7th, you can see her at the Wyly Theatre. A copy of the book, Open Book, is included with your ticket purchase.
  10. Start your Saturday morning with Tai Chi with Tribe Wellness at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park every Saturday.
  11. Experience an energetic 45-minute Body Mountain Bootcamp on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park, every Saturday.
  12. Enjoy yoga in the park led by Yoga with Dallas Yoga Center on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park every Saturday in February.
  13. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND presents Malandain Ballet Biarritz at the Moody Performance Hall on February 7th and 8th. The dance group will perform an inspiring version Cinderella with incredibly decorative costumes, props and sets.
  14. The Dallas Theater Center presents Little Women, the story of Jo March and her sisters as they weather the civil war and struggle to find understanding. Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, this play was written by Kate Hamill and directed by Sarah Rasumussen. Little Women is performed at the Kalita Humphreys Theater on February 7th through March 1st.
  15. The Nasher presents Michael Rakowitz Community BBQ, free with registration, at lunchtime on February 8th at 700 S. Good Latimer Expressway in Dallas, near the Dallas Farmer’s Market. This feast of traditional Iraqi dishes and Texas BBQ is created by Michael Rakowitz and Break Bread Break Borders at the F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military) facility.
  16. On February 13th, enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art’s Second Thursday with a Twist titled Galentine’s Day, with a big nod to Parks and Rec. Experience the Compliment Generator to flatter your Galentine in a creative manner. Then make a Yachter Otter waffle necklace. If that’s not enough, play Jerry, Garry, Larry, Terry and find out which character you’re most like. The Swanson Pyramid of Greatness dictates that you learn about woodworking with two events: Lucky Boy and Ron’s Woodshop. See the horses in the collections to honor Lil’ Sebastian in 5,000 Candles in the Wind. Take in the Nick McLean Jazz set, Duke Silver style, in A Smooth and Silky Evening.
  17. The American Baroque Opera Company and Ballet Dallas present The Elements, American Baroque Opera Company. A blend of modern ballet and unique baroque instrumental & vocal music create a memorable and magical performance on February 13th through 15th at Hamon Hall.
  18. The Dallas Black Dance Theater presents Cultural Awareness, February 14th through 16th in the Dee & Charles Wyly Theater. Feel the emotion as these talented dancers move to the rhythms of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Patti LaBelle and more! This gift of dance is the perfect Valentine gift.
  19. On February 14th through 17th, bring your valentine to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Ruth Reinhardt conducts and bassoonist Ted Soluri is featured in Jerod Tate’s new concerto.
  20. Mexican Modernism comes alive with Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, February 16th through September 20th. Admission is free to this art installation featuring works by Frida Kahlo, Alredo Ramos Martinez, Diego Rivera and many more. A Gallery Talk on this exhibit is held May 6th at 12:15 with DMA curator Mark Castro.
  21. Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will fill the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the beautiful sounds of Debussy & Brahms Trios. On February 18th, hear Brahms’ Trio in E flat major, op. 40, for Horn, Violin and Piano and Debussy’s Sonata for Harp, Flute and Viola.
  22. The Band’s Visit is a whimsical story of a band that arrives in a small town unexpectedly and changes everything! This show won 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award. This is a show you’ll never forget, on February 18th through 23rd at the Winspear Opera House.
  23. Soundings: New Music at the Nasher features the one and only Travis Laplate on the Saxophone. Hear the saxophone as you’ve never heard it before with this innovative music aficionado, on February 20th.
  24. On February 21st, ’Til Midnight at the Nasher features a free evening of musical performances by local artists followed by an outdoor movie in the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden.
  25. Late Night February on February 21st at the Dallas Museum of Art is all about Chemistry, whether it’s science or love. The evening features Late Night Talk: I Know an Artist, romantic musical performances by the Dallas band TBA Music, and of course Breggett Rideau, with jazz and soul, on the Late-Night Main Stage.
  26. February 21st through the 23rd, you’re in for a real treat with the Indigo Girls in Concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The Indigo Girls are known for their hits Shaming of the Sun, Swamp Ophelia, Rites of Passage, and Become You. Jeff Tyzik conducts this strong performance.
  27. Two portraits, painted a decade apart, tell a story of brushwork artistry. See Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade at the Dallas Museum of Art and take in the two portraits made of Pieter Jacobsz Olycan to see the growth of the artist’s technique. This fascinating exhibit runs February 23rd through October 11th. Admission is free.
  28. Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Artisan February 24th and 25th with a Cajun themed menu. Enjoy specialty menu items like Shrimp and Grits, Jambalaya and Soup of the Day Gumbo. $1 Hurricanes will be available to purchase with any entree to be consumed at the restaurant!
  29. The Italian “popera” trio Il Volo acquires the stage at the Winspear Opera House on February 27th. Their unique blend of pop and opera is astounding.
  30. Prepare for a magical night of both angelic and demonic sounds with Music of Tchaikovsky and Jongen featuring Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony with Kirill Karabits conducting and Cameron Carpenter on the organ. This performance runs February 27th through March 1st at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
  31. Jeanne Robertson sees the humor in everyday life and loves to share it with everyone around her. You may have seen this vivacious 75-year-old at the Grand Ole Opry or on YouTube or heard her on SiriusXM satellite radio. This is a fun evening for the whole family on February 28th at the Winspear Opera House.
  32. BeijingDance/LDTX is the first officially registered, private, professional, contemporary dance company in China. Be the first to witness their debut in Texas on February 28th and 29th at the Moody Performance Hall. This stunning production, ARC, choreographed by Adiya, explores life’s highs and lows.